Monday was our first full day in the Lake Powell area. With temperatures in the low 90s we took it easy and just did a couple of short hikes nearby. The first is called the Hanging Garden Hike, a one mile round trip hike to view an unusual spot of vegetation in the middle of the desert.
Along the trail one of us became very excited when he/she (guess which one) spotted some flowers on a nearby Prickly Pear Cactus.
Other desert plants also had some flowers in bloom.
Tucked under the shoulder of a ridgeline is the Hanging Garden, a green oasis with ferns growing from the undersurface of the ledge.
If you look closely you can see some small Orchids growing among the ferns.
On the way back to the trailhead we crossed paths with this small group of hikers.
After visiting the Hanging Garden, we drove about five miles south to check out Horseshoe Bend. There is a hike of about three quarters of a mile one way over loose sand (over a hill) to reach the bend, but it is well-worth the hike. The view of the Colorado River below is spectacular.
In the evening we took a walk down by the lake to watch a beautiful sunset light up the sky